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Common Questions

What lounges are available at Oslo Airport? 
Oslo Airport has several lounges that cater to different types of passengers and their needs. The SAS Lounges are available to passengers travelling with SAS or Star Alliance airlines, while OSL Lounge is available to all passengers.
What amenities does OSL Lounge offer? 
OSL Lounge offers comfortable seating, complimentary food and drinks, and other useful services. The warm food options may be limited, but there is a wide selection of drinks and snacks available.
Are the staff friendly and efficient? 
Based on our experience, the staff at Oslo Lounge are friendly and efficient, which adds to the pleasant atmosphere of the lounge.
Can anyone access OSL Lounge? 
Yes, anyone can pay him/herself into OSL Lounge.
Does OSL Lounge accept Priority Pass? 
Unfortunately, no.
Does OSL Lounge accept LoungeKey? 
Yes, it does.
Are the lounges at Oslo Airport suitable for domestic and international travellers? 
Yes, the lounges at Oslo Airport provide comfortable and stylish spaces for passengers to relax before their flights, whether they are travelling domestically or internationally.
Where can I buy access to OSL Lounge? 
You can purchase a single visit from Lounge Pass.
Is OSL Lounge in the Schengen area? 
Yes, it is.

Review: OSL Lounge at Oslo Gardemoen Airport

OSL Lounge inside
Comfy seating and soft lighting made our stay relaxing at OSL Lounge.

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If you're looking for a comfortable and relaxing spot to wait for your flight at Oslo Airport, OSL Lounge is the right place. We visited the lounge before our flight to Helsinki. The lounge offered a variety of amenities to make our travel experience more enjoyable, including comfortable seating and a good selection of food and drinks. In this review, we'll take a closer look at what OSL Lounge offered and help you decide if it's worth a visit during your next trip.

Oslo Airport

Oslo Airport, also known as Oslo Gardermoen Airport is the primary international airport serving the city of Oslo, Norway. It is the largest airport in Norway and the second-busiest airport in the Nordic countries.

Oslo Airport is located approximately 35 kilometres northeast of Oslo and is easily accessible by train, bus, taxi, and car. The airport has two runways and one terminal, serving over 30 airlines and handling more than 28 million passengers annually. With several restaurants, cafes, shops, and lounges, Oslo Airport offers a wide range of amenities and services to its passengers. Additionally, the airport is known for its modern and sustainable design, which has earned it several awards and recognitions over the years.

Terminal

Oslo Airport boasts a modern and spacious terminal, divided into two main areas: domestic and international flights. The terminal consists of the main building and a north pier is attached to the central area.

The terminal serves both domestic and international destinations but from different gates. Norway is not a member state of the EU but the country is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Travellers who are flying to/from a Schengen destination do not need to undergo passport control.

The upper floor of Oslo Airport's departure area is home to a vast shopping and dining area where passengers can enjoy a wide range of local and international brands. Also, a few of the airport's lounges are located there.

Walking between international and domestic gates is possible. However, to reach the gates marked with the F letter, you need to clear passport control. Flights to non-Schengen destinations use these gates.

The terminal layout is simple and any gate can be reached fast.

Lounges

Oslo Airport has several lounges available for passengers who wish to relax and unwind before their flight: SAS Domestic Lounge, SAS International Lounge, SAS Gold Lounge and OSL Lounge. The international lounges are located on the upper floor near Gate E2 but the domestic SAS Lounge is on the departure floor.

OSL Lounge

OSL Lounge is an independent lounge serving many airlines. It is maintained by the airport.

Location

OSL Lounge is easy to find after the security check. The lounge is located on the airside in the international area of the airport. Specifically, OSL lounge is above Starbucks Coffee in the international departures area, near Gate E8.

The stairs to OSL Lounge
OSL Lounge can be accessed through the stairs or elevators on the right side of Starbucks Coffee.
Stairs to OSL Loungge
These stairs lead you to upstairs where OSL Lounge and SAS Lounges are located next to each other.

Who Can Visit OSL Lounge?

OSL Lounge is accessible for passengers with premium tickets booked with the following airlines: Air Baltic, Air France, Air Serbia, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, Luxair, Sunclass Airlines, TUIfly Nordic and Qatar Airways. In practice, OSL Lounge servers airlines that do not belong to Star Alliance.

The airline partners of OSL Lounge
Passengers travelling with premium tickets with any of these airlines get an invitation to OSL Lounge.

Some premium credit cards have also agreements with OSL Lounge access including travellers holding the following credit cards: Amex Centurion, Platinum and Business, Handelsbanken Business, Sparebank Platinum, Møre Mastercard Plus and Møre Mastercard Ekstra. TAV Passport holders can also visit OSL Lounge. We visited the lounge using an Amex Platinum card.

Lounge memberships are another way to access OSL Lounge. The lounge welcome customers of LoungeKey and travellers with Dragon Pass. Suprisingly, OSL Lounge does not accept Priority Pass. However, one's lounge memberships do not guarantee access but these customers will get in only if there is enough free space. During busy hours, the chances of getting admitted are lower.

If you do not belong to the previous groups and you are travelling in economy class, you can still visit the lounge as OSL Lounge accepts walk-ins based on capacity. You can pay for entry at the front desk starting from NOK 300 per guest. However, it is unsure if there are enough free seats. One of the best ways to secure access also for busy hours is to buy a single entry beforehand from one of our favourite travel service providers, Lounge Pass which sells inexpensive vouchers for this lounge.

Entrance of OSL Lounge
The lounge accepts guests from its multiple partners so it can get too busy anytime to serve all customers.

Our OSL Lounge Experience

Arrival

We had a scheduled flight from Oslo to Helsinki on Sunday at 2 p.m. We arrived at the lounge at 11 AM at which time the lounge was still half empty and only the main area of the lounge was open. We visited OSL Lounge using the Amex Platinum card. On our arrival, one female staff was stationed at the reception and she handled the formalities quickly and in a friendly manner.

reception of OSL Lounge
The reception of OSL Lounge
Fruit bowl at OSL Lounge
Upon entering OSL Lounge, we were impressed with the stylish and warm atmosphere inside.

The lounge had two areas: The main area and the premium area in the right wing of the lounge. The premium area is meant for some airlines' customers.

Premium area of OSL Lounge
The Premium area of OSL Lounge is behind this sign.

Impression

We found OSL Lounge to offer a little bit of luxury with its stylish and warm atmosphere and a wide selection of refreshing drinks and snacks. We liked the soft lighting and potted foliage of the lounge which all add to the tranquil ambience with many seatings available making this lounge ideal for unwinding pre-flight.

Chairs at OSL Lounge
The lounge had many comfortable sofas but also solo chairs which were suitable for solo travellers.

The lounge had a good view of the apron and runway on a sunny day. There were many power outlets available. It was also easy for us to check for our flight info as the lounge has many flight information screens. Food tables were cleared quite fast by their friendly staff.

Flight information screen and Wi-Fi login details of OSL Lounge
OSL Lounge had many flight information screens while was is equipped with reliable Wi-Fi.

Customer Service

The staff of the lounge were friendly and accommodating. However, the lounge gets easily understaffed when a huge number of lounge guests arrive during busy hours. We noticed this when there were many international flight departures during a Sunday afternoon on our visit. For example, it got reflected when toilets were needing attention but staff were not able to notice it themselves. The lounge has 3 toilet rooms. One of us badly needed to use the toilet upon arrival and the toilet near the reception was dirty. After reporting to the staff who asked us to use the one at the left wing of the lounge, we also noticed that all the hand soaps in the men's toilet room were all empty.

Toilet of OSL Lounge
The lounge was generally clean but the toilet needed some maintenance which the staff addressed immediately after being notified. The lounge did not have shower facilities.

Foods and Drinks

During our visit the lounge didn't have an extensive food selection. There was a small cold buffet, a salad bar, fresh fruits, and a hot soup including some snacks. Special diets like gluten-free products were available.

Salad table of OSL Lounge
The salad bar menu of OSL Lounge included vegetarian pasta and pesto salad, ham, homemade potato salad, pickled red onions, corn, pineapples, cherry tomatoes, olives and carrots.
bread table of OSL Lounge
There were also freshly baked white and rye bread, fresh juices and tasty bread spread of the lounge.
white mushroom soup at OSL Lounge
White mushroom soup was the only hot food option during our visit to OSL Lounge.

Even though there wasn't a full buffet, the range of drinks was pretty good. This included wine and beer taps, fresh juices, and soft drinks and there was also sparkling wine. Also, non-alcoholic beers and wines were available. We didn't notice any strong alcoholic drinks in sight.

Alcoholic beverages at OSL Lounge
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers and wines were available at OSL Lounge but strong alcohols like spirits were missing.

Rating

The design of OSL Lounge was stylish and modern. The lounge had plenty of seating available having large and comfortable sofas and armchairs. Being a cosy lounge with lots of sofas - we felt like we were at home during our visit. The lounge offered delicious food options, although the only warm food item available was a white mushroom soup. With better food selection and the addition of a shower facility, we could give an additional one star.

Common Questions

What lounges are available at Oslo Airport? 
Oslo Airport has several lounges that cater to different types of passengers and their needs. The SAS Lounges are available to passengers travelling with SAS or Star Alliance airlines, while OSL Lounge is available to all passengers.
What amenities does OSL Lounge offer? 
OSL Lounge offers comfortable seating, complimentary food and drinks, and other useful services. The warm food options may be limited, but there is a wide selection of drinks and snacks available.
Are the staff friendly and efficient? 
Based on our experience, the staff at Oslo Lounge are friendly and efficient, which adds to the pleasant atmosphere of the lounge.
Can anyone access OSL Lounge? 
Yes, anyone can pay him/herself into OSL Lounge.
Does OSL Lounge accept Priority Pass? 
Unfortunately, no.
Does OSL Lounge accept LoungeKey? 
Yes, it does.
Are the lounges at Oslo Airport suitable for domestic and international travellers? 
Yes, the lounges at Oslo Airport provide comfortable and stylish spaces for passengers to relax before their flights, whether they are travelling domestically or internationally.
Where can I buy access to OSL Lounge? 
You can purchase a single visit from Lounge Pass.
Is OSL Lounge in the Schengen area? 
Yes, it is.

Bottom Line

Our experience at OSL Lounge was a pleasant one. The reception staff was friendly and efficient, and the lounge itself had a warm and stylish atmosphere. The lounge's amenities, such as the flight information screens, magazine selections, Wi-Fi and the wide selection of drinks and snacks, were all satisfactory. However, the lounge's food selection was limited to mostly cold food items, with only soup as the hot option. Despite this, we found the lounge to be a great place to relax before our flight, with plenty of seating options and a tranquil ambience.

drink table of OSL Lounge
The beverage station of OSL Lounge

We were surprised that Priority Pass members are not welcome to this lounge. Luckily, OSL Lounge has many direct agreements with premium credit cards. For example, we used American Express Platinum to access the lounge. Overall, we would recommend OSL Lounge to anyone looking for a comfortable and stylish airport lounge experience.

Have you visited OSL Lounge? Did you stay in the main area or the premium side of the lounge? Comment below about your experience.

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